30th Singapore International Film Festival

Date: 22 November – 1 December 2019

Location: Singapore

Partners: Singapore International Film Festival

In support of Create Hong Kong (Create HK) and Hong Kong Film Development Fund, the Asian Film Awards Academy (AFA Academy) organized Journey to the Fest – Student Visit to the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), with the vision to enrich the outlook and experience of Hong Kong film and media students through participating in overseas scaled international film festivals as SGIFF. Student participants of the program attended symposiums, networking events and screenings of the festival. During their stay, students visited film-related institutions and organizations to gain deeper understanding and first-hand experience of filmmaking history, procedure and culture in Singapore and Southeast Asia.

Main Events included:

Pre-Event Tea Party

Date: 28 October

Venue: AFA Academy Office

Screenings and After-Screening Discussions with Filmmakers

Period: 22 November to 1 December

Every student has watched around 10 films of different genres and from different countries chosen by AFA Academy staff and of their own choice. Some film screenings were either followed by post-screening Q&A or opened with pre-screening stage greeting with filmmakers/actors.

In-Conversation: Stone

Date: 22 November

Venue: The Projector, Redrum

Speaker: Stone (Taiwanese Actor, guitarist of the band Mayday)

Moderator: Ms. Inch Chua

Panel Discussion – Sg Originals: So, What Happens after Your First Film?

Date: 23 November

Venue: Oldham Theatre

Speakers: Mr. K.Rajagopal, Mr. Jacen Tan, Ms. Wong Chen-His (Singaporean directors)

Moderator: Mr. Jeremy Chua

Gala Presentation: Nina Wu – pre-screening Red Carpet

Date: 24 November

Venue: Capitol Theatre

Guests: Nina Wu cast and crew, other festival honorable guests

Gala Presentation: Nina Wu After Party

Date: 24 November

Venue: Loof, Rooftop, Odeon Towers Extension

Guests: Mr. Midi Z (director of Nina Wu), Ms. Wu Ke-Xi (screenwriter & actress of Nina Wu), Ms. Hsia Yu-Chiao (actress of Nina Wu), other filmmakers and guests of SGIFF

Visit to Ngee Ann Polytechnic School of Film and Media Studies

Date: 27 November

Venue: School of Film and Media Studies, Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Speaker/guests: Mr. Adrian Lim (Film Lecturer) and students

Visit to The Objectifs – Centre of Photography and Film

Date: 29 November

Venue: The Objectifs

Speaker: Mr. Ryan Chua (Assistant Manager, The Objectifs)

Sharing session by Asian Film Archive

Date: 29 November

Venue: Oldham Theatre

Speaker: Mr. Thong Kay Wee (Outreach Executive, Asian Film Archive)

Sharing session by Singapore Film Society

Date: 30 November

Venue: café in Singapore Management University

Speakers: Mr. David Lee (Vice Chairman, Singapore Film Society, film programmer, reviewer and publicist), Mr. Shermen Ho (Project Development & Partnerships Director, Singapore Film Society)

Silver Screen Awards presentation ceremony

Date: 30 November

Venue: National Museum of Singapore Salon

Guests: (including) Mr. Boo Jun-feng (film director, Vice-Chairman, SGIFF), Ms. Yuni Hadi (Executive Director, SGIFF), Ms. Yao Chen (actress, Cinema Icon Award Recipient), Mr. Takashi Miike (director, Honorary Award Recipient), Mr. Anurag Kashyap (competition jury head), Mr. Pang Ho-cheung (competition jury member), Ms. Nia Dinata (competition jury member), Mr. Amir Muhammad (competition jury member), nominees and other filmmakers

Takashi Miike Masterclass

Date: 1 December

Venue: National Museum of Singapore Salon

Speaker: Mr. Takashi Miike (Director)

Moderator: Ms. Kirsten Tan

Meeting with participants of SGIFF Youth Jury & Critics Programme and mentor Mr. Kong Rithdee

Date: 24 November

Venue: *SCAPE

Speakers: Mr. Kong Rithdee (film critic, mentor of SGIFF Youth Jury & Critics Programme) & participants of SGIFF Youth Jury & Critics Programme

Meet the Talents – Director Midi Z and Miss Wu Ke-xi

Date & Time: 25 November

Venue: Festival Lounge (The Objectifs)

Speakers: Mr. Midi Z (Myanmar-born Taiwan director), Ms. Wu Ke-Xi (Taiwan screenwriter & actress)

Moderator: Ms. Kuo Ming-jung (programme director, SGIFF)

SGIFF Connects X Lasalle College of the Arts – Meet the Programmers

Date: 28 November

Venue: Student Lounge, Lasalle College of the Art

Speakers: Mr. Anderson Le (Hawaii International Film Festival), Ms. Sabrina Baracetti (Udine Far East Film Festival), Ms. Pimpaka Towira (Bangkok Asian Film Festival) and Ms. Kuo Ming-Jung (Singapore International Film Festival)

Moderator: Mr. Jeremy Chua

Meet the Talents – Director Anthony Chen & Ms Yeo Yann Yann

Date: 29 November

Venue: Festival Lounge (The Objectifs)

Speaker: Mr. Anthony Chen (Singaporean director & screenwriter) & Ms. Yeo Yann Yann (Malaysian actress)

Moderator: Ms. Kuo Ming-jung (programme director, SGIFF)

Other Journey to the Fest
Jeonju Students participated in the Jeonju International Film Festival in South Korea for the first time. They attended screenings, festival activities, masterclass lectures, and exchanges with filmmakers and festival programmers from all over Asia.
Tokyo The Journey to the Fest student visit has returned to Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) after a five-year hiatus. Students enjoyed chance to exchange ideas with film students and film talents from different Asian countries and regions.
Singapore During SGIFF, students visited film-related institutions to gain understanding and experience of filmmaking history and culture in Singapore.
Tokyo The programme gives Hong Kong students the opportunity to develop their skills and enrich their outlook and experience through the visit to an TIFF.
Busan The Asian Film Awards Academy has organize a Student Visit in Busan, South Korea again!
Taipei Asian Film Awards Academy had leaded a seven-day Student Visit to the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival in 2016.
Busan 12 students from Hong Kong tertiary institutions visited the 20th Busan International Film Festival to develop their skills and enrich their outlook.

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